Duke of Edinburgh

Leading youth charity the Duke of Edinburgh Award gives all young people aged 14-24 the chance to develop skills and work, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future.

Expedition Dates 2018
Training Walk Saturday 10 February Kenilworth
Training Day Monday 19 February Ash Green School
Practice Expedition Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 May (1 night camping and 2 days walking) Meriden
Final Expedition Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June (2 nights camping and 2 days walking) Peak District

Dofe Expedition Food Tips and Ideas
Cooking your expedition meals is one of the most enjoyable team activities you will do on your DofE expedition. Choosing the right d of e food and planning meals is also integral to ensuring you eat well and keep energy levels up. Our top dofe expedition food ideas and tips will help steer you in the right direction.

D of E Expedition Food Tips

  • Keep it Simple
    You will need to cook and prepare all your dofe food on route so make your meals simple, this is not a time showcase your fancy cooking skills!
  • Practice Makes Perfect
    You may not be used to cooking on camping stoves and using mess tins (or cooking at all!) so it is best to practice what you are going to cook before you go. Everyone should know how to use the equipment so one person isn’t left doing all the cooking. Practising will also give you an idea of what you can feasibly cook which will allow you to plan your expedition meals.
  • Packing Light
    As well as being able to cook the food yourself you will also need to carry it in your rucksack. This means whatever you are taking must be very light and small so as not to take up too much space in your pack. Boil in the bag food and food that you just need to add water to are ideal for expeditions meals as they take up very little room and are very light. You may wish to avoid tinned food which is bulky and heavy, if you do decide to take tins make sure you plan to eat this heavier food first.
  • Avoid Easily Squashed Food
    Since your food will be carried in your pack with all your other kit, choose food which you’re not worried about being squashed or bursting open. Anything with liquids in could really make a mess inside your rucksack! If you can’t avoid taking easily squashed food like bread, put it in a lightweight container you could throw away.
  • Limit Perishable Food
    It’s unlikely you will be able to keep your food cold so avoid taking perishable food. Again, as with the heavier foods, if you decide to take perishable food plan to eat it on the first day.
  • Eat What You Enjoy
    It’s important you enjoy your Duke of Edinburgh meals as this will make your expedition much more pleasant. Try and vary what you eat each day and if you’re eating basic food most of the time try and have one meal a day which is a treat to help boost your spirits.
  • Remove Packaging
    To increase the space in your rucksack you may wish to remove some of the packaging. You can then seal your food in freezer bags or small sealed dishes to keep them secure. You may also wish to keep all your food together in a dry bag to stop water ruining your food and limit any damage to your pack from spillages.
  • Keep Energy Up
    Depending on your expedition you may be burning up to 5,000 calories a day. The types of food you should be looking to carry will fill you up and give you lots of energy. Too many sugary foods should be avoided as they will make you feel sluggish rather than energised.
  • Stay Hydrated
    Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day as you will losing a lot as you walk. You may wish to take a small squeezy bottle of diluting juice so you can add a bit of flavour to your water.

D of E Essential Cooking Equipment

Expedition Meal Ideas

Your breakfasts should be easy, quick to make and full of energy to set you up for the day. Don’t be tempted to have a cooked breakfast as whilst this may be filling and tasty, it’s likely to leave you feeling sluggish and can take a lot of time to cook.

Your breakfast should contain approximately 20% of your day’s calorie intake.

  • Cereals such as granola or muesli are ideal. They won’t crush easily in your bag and oats are a great source of slow release energy. Washing up will also be minimal!
  • If it is a cold morning you may decide to have porridge instead of cereal. Make this up with powdered milk and hot water.
  • Have a drink of tea or coffee to warm you up.

Lunch stops may not necessarily have planned destinations. You may just find a nice place to stop or simply just all be hungry! Whatever you choose to eat for lunch will ideally be quick and easy to make. As your lunch stop might not be in an ideal place it may be difficult to use stoves or having washing facilities so try and make your lunch as simple as possible.

Your lunch should contain approximately 30% of your day’s calorie intake.

  • On your first day you may wish to have sandwiches or pasta salad which were prepared at home and a piece of fruit. After the first day this sort of food won’t be fresh.
  • Instant cup a soups are really good for lunch as they are quick to make and warming. Depending on how long you are walking in the morning you may wish to make soup at breakfast and store in in a flask so it is ready to have.
  • Pitta bread or wraps are ideal as they will generally last a few days and do not break up as easily as sliced bread. You can have these with cheese in a tube to add a bit of flavour or dunk the pitta in your cup a soup.
  • As well as on pitta bread, cheese in a tube can also be used on oatcakes or biscuits.
  • If you are able to use your stove at your lunch pit stop, instant noodles are a good option as they can be made quickly. Using sachet sauces you can alter the flavour each time.
  • To fill up you could also have nuts/raisins/malt loaf/ dried fruit.
  • People often choose to have something sweet at lunchtime as well. This could include a chocolate bar, jelly squares, mint cake or dried fruit.

This is your main meal of the day and should be your most enjoyable. You are finished for the day and can afford to spend more time cooking and be a bit more adventurous with this meal.

Your dinner should contain approximately 50% of your day’s calorie intake.

  • Pasta and sauce packets are simple and quick to make and only require one pan. You may wish to add cold smoked sausage or frankfurters for a more rounded meal.
  • Any boil in the bag food that is very filling but takes up very little room. Try boil in the bag rice with a sachet sauce.
  • Sausages and instant mash potato are really simple to make and are a tasty and enjoyable meal. Instant mash potato is lightweight but filling and doesn’t need a lot of water. If you use sausages ensure you eat these on the first night so they don’t go off.
  • Couscous is an easy dish to make which doesn’t take up much space but can really fill out your meal.
  • A noodle stir-fry or curryis easily made and can be prepared at home before the expedition to save time.
  • Some people may even wish to have more than one course when it comes to dinner. It is common for people to have soup to start and then hot chocolate cake or crumble and custard for desert.

It is important to keep your energy up throughout the day. In order to do this you will need to have small snacks in between your meals to help replace all the calories you burn.

  • Cereal Bars
  • Malt loaf
  • Hard sugar free sweets
  • Kendal mint cake
  • Energy Bars
  • Energy Gels
  • Nuts and dried fruit
  • Beef Jerky
  • Flapjacks

Click here to view photos from the Bronze weekend 2014 – 2015

http://www.dofe.info/assessor/ – this is the link for anyone who is an assessor – they can add evidence to a student’s eDofE account – so long as they know the students DofE number.

www.edofe.org  – this is the site for students to log in to complete their DofE sections.

Food advice for DofE Students / Parents.


If you as a parent would like to become involved within the Duke of Edinburgh Award with the school, please contact Mrs Clancy, DofE Coordinator. Email: lucy.clancy@ashgreenschool.org.uk